Haala Rokadia, MD
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
I started my time at Cleveland Clinic as a prelim medicine intern with the anticipation of going to an Ivy League Anesthesiology program after one year. The beginning of my intern year was full of nervousness, excitement, and insecurity. My aim over the course of the following twelve months was to master medicine by the book, build confidence in my capacity as a physician, and shed the nervousness of medical school. The year brought more than I expected and asked for. In fact, despite an anesthesiology future that I had spent time and effort to acquire and the distance from my family, I decided to return to Cleveland Clinic to complete my training in Internal Medicine. Now in retrospect, in comparing notes with my medical school friends, I am proud to say that I carry more responsibility, do more procedures, and see more bread-and-butter AND “zebra” medicine than any of my friends at other medicine programs. But do not let one person’s narrative bias you; the Cleveland Clinic medicine program speaks for itself:
Our patient population is made up of the local Clevelander who frequents the emergency room, the international political figure that flew in for the hospital stay, the patient transferred from a community hospital for advanced care, and everyone in between. Needless to say, this gamut of patients seeks care at Cleveland Clinic based on our physicians’ expertise and world-renowned reputation. This diversity in our patient population equates to large patient volumes, diversity of disease processes, and high acuity of care – all integral aspects of learning for an internal medicine resident.
First and foremost, as a Cleveland Clinic resident, you will feel respected and heard by the administration and your colleagues. Your career goals will be accommodated: ensuring scheduling preferences, streamlining fellowship applications, and supporting research ambitions. Your transition into residency will be smooth. Administrative paperwork will be kept to a minimum to allow you to focus and thrive as a resident. Most importantly, you will always feel that you have an advocate in the Internal Medicine residency program office.
As a Cleveland Clinic resident, you have access to some of the most brilliant minds in medicine. You will pick their minds about nuances in medicine. You will join them in research endeavors. They will give you autonomy and offer supervision. Most importantly, they remember you, they appreciate you, and they trust you.
The overarching feeling among co-residents is that of cooperation rather than competition. Your Cleveland Clinic co-residents will act as a genuine support system in moments of weakness, a source of motivation and inspiration in both career and personal development, and a champion for your accomplishments. Here, you will meet some lifelong friends.
The reputation of the hospital speaks for itself. The facilities are state-of-the-art, there is space dedicated to teaching and research, and there are well-kept resident work areas. By navigating the systems based practice of medicine, patient care is managed in an efficient manner. Residents and staff of other disciplines are friendly and they contribute to your education.
The details above set the stage for a wealth of opportunities that a Cleveland Clinic resident has access to. As a Cleveland Clinic resident, it is your responsibility to take advantage of this place: learn medicine from experts in their fields, engage in research opportunities with world-renowned staff, and establish strong professional relationships for your future.